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A large commercial truck is a vehicle that weighs more than 10,000 pounds. Because of the size and weight of commercial trucks, when they are involved in crashes there are more likely to be catastrophic injuries and wrongful death as compared to a car wreck. Statistics show that nearly 10 percent of people involved in a truck accident in Alabama will be killed, requiring an attorney to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Tractor-trailer rigs, or 18-wheelers, are also more likely to be involved in deadly multiple-vehicle crashes. This is true not only because these trucks can weigh in excess of 80,000 pounds, but also because they are more difficult to control and to slow down.

Trucking companies are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to keep records of equipment safety and drivers’ hours of service. Sadly, though, many attorneys fail to inspect these records, which is a big mistake. Poor equipment and driver fatigue can cause truck accidents, so careful analysis of the records is often required to determine if negligence or recklessness has occurred.

Some people who are seriously injured by commercial trucks fail to obtain a lawyer or law firm that has real experience handling trucking cases. Trucking cases are different than fender-bender cases. It’s important to find a plaintiff lawyer with a track record of success handling trucking cases in a courtroom.